Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), Family Practice Physician Assistant, Physician Assistant (PA), Physician's Assistant
In the Air Force:
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN); Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Flight and Operational Medical Technician; Anesthesiologist, Cardiothoracic; Dental Assistant Journeyman; Flight Nurse; Health Services Management Craftsman; Operating Room Nurse; Pediatrician, Endocrinology; Pilot-Physician, C2ISREW; Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, Fighter
In the Army:
Allergist, Clinical Immunologist; Child Neurologist; Dietitian; Field Surgeon; Internist; Nephrologist; Obstetrician and Gynecologist; Ophthalmologist; Physical Therapy; Psychiatrist
In the Navy:
Anesthesiologist; Critical Care Nurse; Emergency/Trauma Nurse; General Practice Medical Officer; Internist; Nurse Anesthetist; Otolaryngologist; Physician's Assistant; Professional Registered Nurse; Radiologist (Therapeutic); Urologist
Interested in a medical career with more advanced training than a registered nurse, but less than a doctor? Consider becoming a physician assistant, or PA. Under a physician's supervision, PAs examine and diagnose patients' injuries or illnesses, treat and educate patients, and prescribe medicine. A PA does many of the same tasks a doctor does, from setting broken bones, to ordering x rays and blood tests. Physician assistants work in all areas of medicine, including primary care and family medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and surgery-where they assist physicians during procedures. Like other medical professionals, PAs spend significant time reviewing patient records and documenting patients' progress. Most physician assistants work in healthcare clinics and hospitals. Spending many hours each day on their feet to make rounds and examine patients, the work can be physically demanding. Most PAs work full time, and may work nights, holidays, and weekends. Some are required to work on-call shifts, ready to respond to patient needs at any time. They may make house calls or visit nursing homes to treat patients. A master's degree and license are required to enter the field. PAs bring healing and help to patients, while continuously learning from the skilled physicians in their midst, and from the patients who depend on their skills.
What they do:
Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.
On the job, you would:
Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
medicine and dentistry
therapy and counseling
Math and Science
Arts and Humanities
reading work related information
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
listen and understand what people say
communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
notice when problems happen
see hidden patterns
quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
Office suite software
Microsoft Office software
master's degree or professional degree usually needed
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.